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Entries open to Sawston Fun Run

The Sawston Fun Run expects to attract more than 1,100 entrants to the 2014 race on May 11 at Sawston Village College, which this year includes a shorter route

The Sawston Fun Run expects to attract more than 1,100 entrants to the 2014 race on May 11 at Sawston Village College, which this year includes a shorter route

 

Registrations are open for the annual Sawston Fun Run and walk, which takes place in the village on May 11.

One of the region’s biggest fund raisers will this year raise cash for the Arthur Rank Hospice to help fund its new hospice at Shelford Bottom.

Others to benefit include, the Granta Special Needs School at Linton, Centre33 in Cambridge, Eddie’s (formerly Cambridgeshire Mencap) and ten other groups.

Online registrations can be made at www.sawstonfunrun.co.uk or via a downloadable form.

Registration forms are also available at branches of The Cambridge Building Society and Sawston Village College.

There are categories by age and gender with entry fees before the day of £5 for entrants in school years one to 11 and £10 for adults (over 17).

In addition to the 7.5 kilometre (4.7 miles) course there will be an additional shorter route of 3.5km (2.2 miles) this year for walkers, small children and those wanting to accompany them.

Over 1,100 entrants are expected with hundreds watching, and the race enjoys support from local businesses and volunteer groups making it a hugely popular event with the whole community.

The result has been the raising of over £382,150 for Cambridgeshire-based charities and organisations and this year the organisers, the Rotary Club of Sawston District, aim to raise at least another £15,000.

Other beneficiaries are Sawston Cinema, Sawston Girls FC, Sawston Cricket Club, Sawston Youth Drama, Sawston First Responders, all local primary schools as well as Little Shelford Sports Pavilion, Duxplay at Duxford, Shelford and Stapleford Scouts and Stapleford Primary School,

The Cambridge Building Society is the event sponsor and other sponsors are Adams Harrison, Bradshaws, Budgens Sawston, Gibbs Denley Insurance Services, McDonald’s, Morgan Sindall, the Red Lion in Whittlesford, Scotsdales, Vindis Sawston and Sawston Parish Council.

Ian Chamberlain, chairman of the Rotary Organising Committee, said: “We’re pleased that we can demonstrate our support for the local community by organising the event to help local charities and organisations – it’s a real pleasure to see so many people enjoying themselves.

“The help we receive from the business community is vital to the organisation of the event, so we thank the sponsors and everyone else very sincerely for all their support and wish everyone a great time on May 11.”

Dr Lynn Morgan, chief executive of Arthur Rank Hospice Charity, added: “We are absolutely thrilled to be chosen as a beneficiary of the 2014 Sawston Fun Run.

“We are so pleased to be involved and we hope our supporters will take part too as this opportunity has arisen at an exciting time for the charity as we embark on our plans to build a new hospice.”

For all the latest news see Thursday’s (May 1) Echo.

 

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